Water, energy, and food security: MOU signed with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity (MoWIE) of Ethiopia

It was an honor to welcome Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity of Ethiopia, to IFPRI on January 30th to sign a memorandum of understanding between IFPRI and the Ministry. As the global population continues to grow, demands for water, energy, and food will rapidly increase and further pressure scarce natural resources. >> Read more

Statement by Shenggen Fan on World Water Day

The following statement was originally published in the IFPRI blog in conjunction with World Water Day on March 22, 2015. On the occasion of World Water Day, it is imperative that all nations and stakeholders rise to the collective challenge of using water sustainably. Anything less will imperil our ability to feed the planet and >> Read more

Test driving the water, energy and food security nexus for Rio+20

The Rio+20United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is around the corner, and comes at a crucial time for food security around the world. Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, it is due to take place in Brazil from June 20-22, 2012. I just came back from the >> Read more

Forging a Common Understanding of the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus

Last week I participated in the Bonn2011 Conference on the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus (November 16-18 - Bonn, Germany). The Conference brought together stakeholders from the water, energy and food sectors to forge a common understanding of water-energy-food security linkages. As an Outcome Ambassador, I presented recommendations on “how to make the nexus work for the poor.” In particular, the impacts of energy and water strategies on food security, and vice versa, must be properly assessed. Also, methods for monitoring and measuring the outcomes and impacts of nexus approaches and initiatives are urgently needed.